Journal of NACAA

Sound Matters: Enhancing Educational Audio Quality for Extension Programs Increases Learning

ISSN 2158-9429

Volume 16, Issue 2 - December 2023

Editor: Linda Chalker-Scott


Numerous studies show the efficacy of podcasts in educating diverse audiences. Further, high-quality audio enables greater knowledge retention. Conversely, research shows that subpar audio quality can significantly erode the information's credibility. To maintain Extension's reputation as a trusted source, the quality of audio in podcasts and other areas must match the excellence of our content. We explore cost-effective equipment and production strategies to achieve the best possible audio quality within the constraints of a limited budget. Our aim is to help other Extension educators who desire to use podcasts and audio recordings in their programming. We discuss budget-friendly recording equipment, audio editing, and techniques to achieve top-notch recordings as educational resources.

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